Kaymer increases Players Championship lead

Fri May 9, 2014 2:47pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer stretched his lead to a commanding five shots early in the Players Championship second round on Friday, despite having to contend with trickier conditions at the TPC Sawgrass.

The German, who tied the course record with a sizzling nine-under-par 63 on Thursday, followed up with a 69 to post a 12-under total of 132 in the PGA Tour's flagship event widely regarded as the unofficial fifth major.

Breezy weather on another hot day at the TPC Sawgrass made the par-72 Stadium Course a more difficult prospect for the players, and Kaymer was delighted to increase his overnight lead after mixing five birdies with two bogeys.

"I didn't hit as many fairways as yesterday but I managed my way quite nicely around the golf course," the 29-year-old from Dusseldorf told reporters after covering the back nine in two-under 34.

"I had a couple of nice up-and-downs and two longer putts went in, so I think I kept it really well together. Overall, 12 under par. I'm very pleased.

"It was a little difficult today. I thought it was already gusty in the morning, and the pin positions were a little bit tougher than yesterday."

Kaymer, whose only PGA Tour victory came at the highest level with his playoff win at the 2010 PGA Championship, birdied two of the last four holes to finish five strokes in front of late starter Russell Henley, who was alone in second overnight.

Tour veteran Jim Furyk was a further shot back at six under after carding a 68 in the second round, one ahead of fellow American Bill Haas (71), Australia's John Senden (69) and Englishman Brian Davis (67).   Continued...

May 9, 2014; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Martin Kaymer tees off on the 11th hole during the second round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY